Merry Sithmas: How we made our own Star Wars Christmas lawn ornaments

Guestpost by Sarakenobi on Dec 17th

star wars christmas lawn ornamentI saw a Christmas card last year that had an AT-AT with reindeer antlers that said "Merry Force Be With You." I thought that would be awesome in my yard… and then thought about adding the sleigh and tauntaun reindeer from there.

Here's how we made all of this ourselves…

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I borrowed an overhead projector from our local library and used pixlr.com and the internet to find pictures that I wanted and printed them on overhead transparencies. I don't have a garage or a shed, so I took over the living room. We bought some 3/8" plywood because it was cheap. It wasn't that sturdy, and I think if I was to do it over I would get some thicker boards.

While using the overhead projector my kids thought it was the best thing ever to project toy shadows all over the place.

While using the overhead projector my kids thought it was the best thing ever to project toy shadows all over the place.

I turned the lights off and traced the outlines of the patterns on the boards. While I traced, my husband, Mike, cut the boards with a jigsaw in the kitchen. (We really, really need a garage!)

photo 1To make the "Merry Sithmas" sign, I painted it out and then we drilled holes in it and pushed red lights through.

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star wars christmas lawn ornament6We tried a few ways to put them in the ground before settling on one that seems to be working pretty well. We took landscaping markers and drove them into the ground and THEN screwed the tauntauns on. With Vader and the AT-AT we used metal conduit piping. Mike drove them into the ground and then we attached the wooden pieces with some brackets.

I used nylon clamps to put rope light "reins" on — I wanted something lightweight to hold the rope lights because I didn't want any extra stress on the boards if it got windy. It was windy and rainy the first day they were out and they are holding nicely.

I added spotlights and a Santa hat and voila!

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I am extremely pleased with how it turned out and I can't wait to add more next year!

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About Sarakenobi

Sarakenobi is a geek who lives in a small town in North Carolina. She loves her family and anything with glitter and rainbows. You will often find her with power tools or a good book and you will never know what she's going to do next.

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